SAN ANGELO, Texas (KLST) – The Colorado River has captured rainwater from recent storms, routing it into some lakes and reservoir basins in the Concho Valley. Lake E.V. Spence and J.B. Thomas are two that have been filled with additional billions gallons of water.
Since May, the Upper Colorado River Authority says Spence Reservoir near Robert Lee filled with over ten billion gallons and J.B. Thomas captured over two times that amount.
The UCRA says all that water is helping the water supply for the Robert Lee area which is a welcome boost with much of the summer still ahead: when available water traditionally becomes more difficult to come by.
Scott McWilliams, Director of Operations of the Upper Colorado River authority continues, “There was a lot of storm flows upstream of San Angelo. J.B. Thomas, Spence, both caught a lot of water. Our lakes down in this area didn’t catch that much. It just all depends on where it rains, and what the intensity and duration of those storms are.”
This influx of rainfall is good in hot climates like West Texas, where water in a reservoir can evaporate six to eight vertical feet per year depending on humidity, temperature, and other factors.